Category Archive | “Drinks”

The Ultimate Mango Mojito (virgin).

The Ultimate Mango Mojito (virgin).

While I did share the video demo for this refreshing virgin Mango Mojito a few months back (during the hot summer), there's been a lot of requests for the printable version of the recipe. Though this version is 'virgin' (safe for kids and those who don't mess with the rum), you can always add a cup (or more) or your favorite rum and enjoy this as a big-people beverage. If you cannot source a ripe mango, try the frozen section of your grocery store for frozen mango pieces.

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How To Make Passion Fruit Juice.

How To Make Passion Fruit Juice.

As a kid growing up on the islands my dad had a passion fruit vine growing on a tall Poui tree at the back of our house and most of the fruit were normally out of reach. Since we all went to school far from home, I remember it was always "who could get up first to go check to see if any passion fruit fell to the ground" with me and my brother, on the weekends when we were home. As kids in North America would go on their Easter Egg hunt, for us the hunt were usually Mangoes, Passion Fruit, Sapodilla, Avocado or any of the other fruits which would normally fall off the trees when ripe.

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Natural Caribbean Orange Pineapple Juice.

Natural Caribbean Orange Pineapple Juice.

As we continue with the refreshing summer drinks series, I thought I'd share a drink my mom would make for us on those hot weekend days when we were home from school. She would boil the skin of the pineapple (after it was washed) in water, then strain and use that liquid as the base of the drink. In those days the oranges and pineapple came from our backyard and the honey was from wild honey my dad would harvest in old Immortelle tress scattered though the cocoa and coffee estates in my village.

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Refreshing Summertime Shandy Drink.

Refreshing Summertime Shandy Drink.

One of my favorite drinks as a young fella growing up on the islands, which I also passed on to my daughters (they prefer the sorrel version) is Shandy. Cold, refreshing and simply delicious... on those hot summer days when the mercury starts climbing up the 30's (Celsius). While this version is alcoholic and best kept away from the kids, there's no reason why you can't make the kids version with non-alcoholic beer as the version I grew up enjoying.

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Classic Tropical Fruit Punch – With No Added Sugar.

Classic Tropical Fruit Punch – With No Added Sugar.

We have an abundance of outstanding fruits in the Caribbean so it's only natural that we make some of the best punch/drinks in the world. Debatable? Absolutely not! That brilliant Caribbean sunshine allows us to enjoy juicy, sweet and refreshing fruits, fresh off the tree. Unfortunately.. for some reason we're still addicted to 'sugar' as a people and it's truly a shame as there are ways we can avoid the use of additional sugars in our drinks.

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Traditional Cocoa Tea (Caribbean hot chocolate).

Traditional Cocoa Tea (Caribbean hot chocolate).

Did you know that any hot drink you have along with breakfast in the Caribbean is mainly refereed to as being 'tea'? That said, here's the most classic of Caribbean 'tea".. Cocoa Tea! My dad would tell me stories about when he lived with my great grandparents as the kid, on their cocoa and coffee estate in Trinidad and Tobago, and how rich and creamy his grandmother would make his tea in the morning. From the cocoa he would have helped to harvest and process the season before.

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Haitian Crémas (Kremas or Cremasse) A Christmas Favorite.

Haitian Crémas (Kremas or Cremasse) A Christmas Favorite.

You'll find a version of this creamy drink throughout the islands but with subtle differences, as you move your way across the Caribbean (and Central America). Rich in milk, a layer of sweetness, some spice and how could one not include rum. Crémas (Kremas or Cremasse) is one of those drinks every Haitian (grown) expects to be served during the holiday season. And while you'll find subtle differences in everyone's recipe, this one is as simple to prepare while maintaining the taste and flavors of the traditional version.

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Apple Carrot Orange Smoothie.

Apple Carrot Orange Smoothie.

In this the final smoothie in our "Week of Smoothies", I thought I'd round off things with one that's not only very simple to make, but it mimics a popular drink we enjoy in the Caribbean, Carrot Punch! With orange juice and diced apples, it's packed with health benefits and so refreshing. While smoothies are not something we traditionally make in the Caribbean (as I've mentioned before), you'll find that it's becoming very popular the past few years. And while we normally reach for tropical fruits, apples are widely available - to be honest I've had better apples in the Caribbean (imported) than in Canada.

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Cantaloupe Cucumber Kale Smoothie.

Cantaloupe Cucumber Kale Smoothie.

If you've been keeping score you'll realize that we're up to day 4 or simply the 4th smoothie recipe is this the first annual Week Of Smoothies at CaribbeanPot.com. While you won't automatically associate Kale and Cantaloupe with the Caribbean, the last few times I was down on the islands I saw them both readily available. I assume the same way we can get any tropical fruits and vegetables in North America, you're seeing the reverse on the islands. Luv it!

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Refreshing Watermelon Berry Smoothie.

Refreshing Watermelon Berry Smoothie.

We always looked forward to watermelon season when I was a kid growing up on the islands, but having the patience to not prematurely pick the massive melons dad grew in his garden wasn't the easiest thing for a kid. Pops has his own technique for telling when the watermelons are perfectly red inside and while he never passed that tip on to me, I do get a chuckle when I see people tapping, scrutinizing, holding them up to the light and do other weird things to them at the grocery store. My tip.. go to where they have the cut slices for sale and if they are red and look perfect, chances are the whole ones on sale will be good. After-all, that's where that cut piece came from.

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